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Hazel Tech to host Grape Quality Summit

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The virtual event, to be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, will feature discussions on the latest grape quality research and global market trends

CHICAGO, IL – Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announces the launch of its upcoming virtual Grape Quality Summit. A one-hour event to be held on Friday October 15th, the Summit will feature keynote speakers discussing global market trends, category innovation, postharvest research and shelf-life extension technology.

Speakers will include Estefania Echeverria, Head of Yentzen Research & Consulting at Portal Frutícola, Anél Botes, Postharvest Researcher at South Africa’s ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, and Mario Cervantes, Director of Business Development – AgTech, at Hazel Technologies, Inc.

The webinar will also include a panel discussion on advancements and changes in the grape supply chain featuring Garland Perkins, Senior Manager for Insights and Innovation at Oppy; Jose Monasterio, Quality and Postharvest Manager at Frusan; and Nico Tomicic, Business Development Manager at Hazel Technologies, Inc.; led by Pat Flynn, co-founder and CMO at Hazel Technologies, Inc.

Keynote speeches will present on global market insights for the table grape category and highlight the latest research on fresh table grape postharvest quality, including maintaining stem quality, preventing dehydration and ensuring optimum long-distance transit. In addition, speakers will discuss new grape quality technology that has been tested by growers and international research organizations on black, red and green varieties.

“Hazel Tech is helping grape growers, packers, shippers, and retailers protect the stem quality of an ever-growing list of table grape varieties around the world. I look forward to presenting grower case studies that illustrate how Hazel Tech’s technology is positively impacting the global supply chain,” said Mario Cervantes, Director of Business Development – AgTech at Hazel Technologies, Inc.
The Grape Quality Summit is a free event. Registration is open to the general industry until October 15th or until capacity is reached.

About Hazel Technologies, Inc.:

Hazel Technologies, Inc. is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech services over 150 of the world’s largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of “Best Sustainable Packaging” at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company’s patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs. In 2020, Hazel Tech products were used with over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste.
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About Portal Frutícola: A publication owned by the Yentzen Group, Portal Frutícola is a leading media source in the horticultural industry, Protal Fruticola delivers relevant information about a wide variety of produce categories on a global level. They strive to be the primary access into the world of fruit and vegetables and have more than 11 M page views each year along with their sister companies, and For more information, visit

About Oppy: A grower/packer/shipper of over 15 produce commodities, Oppy has been in the business of providing quality produce to consumers for over a century and a half. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Oppy has offices throughout the Americas and in Africa with growers in Latin America, the United States, and South Africa.
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About Frusan: Founded in 1979, Frusan is a Chilean company that has grown to become a leading producer and exporter of fresh fruit from Chile and Peru. Frusan has built a network of clients around the world for whom it supplies select, premium-quality pome fruit, stone fruit, kiwifruit & table grapes.
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About ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij: A member of the Crop Sciences Cluster of the ARC, ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij is a top researcher of breeding, cultivation, protection and postharvest technology in Stellenbosch, South Africa. A majority of their research is focused on improved crop production and mitigation of agricultural risks, along with food security and sustainability.
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